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North Lafourche Levee District awards contract for local levee work

North Lafourche Levee District awards contract for local levee work

The North Lafourche Conservation, Levee & Drainage District (NLLD) recently approved the awarding of a contract to provide a more permanent solution that addresses the gap in levee protection through Allied Shipyard in Larose, protecting the citizens adjacent to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Larose on the west bank of Bayou Lafourche.

Just prior to Hurricane Ike, the NLLD installed HESCO bags to close this gap.  Gaps in these bags were re-installed for Tropical Storm Lee and Hurricane Isaac.

“This part of our district is vulnerable to high water events and we are very pleased to be able to move forward on a more permanent solution that will reduce the flooding risks for the citizens in that area,” says Dwayne Bourgeois, Executive Director of the North Lafourche Conservation, Levee & Drainage District.

After months of trying to get this project going, a workable solution was approved.

The project awarded extends the existing levee from the south through Allied Shipyard around to the street at the entrance where it ties into the existing protection. 

It is an engineered earthen levee with floodgates that can be deployed in the event of high water. 

The gates allow the shipyard to work without interruption until a flood event occurs.

The engineering estimate for the project cost was $451,000 and bids were opened last week. The low bidder is Sealevel Construction, Inc. from Thibodaux, LA at $426,610.

After reviewing the bids the engineer for the project, John Plaisance of J. Wayne Plaisance, Inc., made a recommendation to the NLLD Board to award the contract.

The NLLD was formed in 1992 to provide flood protection for the northern portion of Lafourche Parish, including the entire parish north of the Intracoastal Canal.  NLLD maintains over 250 miles of levees and drainage canals and 40 pump stations.